Aug 182011


Astley Clarke Jewellery

Astley Clarke Jewellery

Astley Clarke is only a few years old but has already established itself as a successful luxury online designer jeweller.

In addition to Astley Clarke’s online boutique, they also offer customers the opportunity to view their collections in person by appointment at Astley Clarke’s showroom.

Further to product and company growth this stylish and innovative e-tailer achieved huge recognition amongst industry peers when it was awarded Walpole’s prestigious ‘Luxury Brand Of Tomorrow’.

Astley Clarke currently showcases several established designers’ exclusive collections and in doing so it continues to grow in the luxury accessories field.

In terms of product offering no other online boutique has achieved the support of these following designers, offering consumers the best possible premium selection:

Among them are Arunashi, Bill Amberg, Carolina Bucci, Como Blonde, Dana Kellin, Dara, Flora Astor, Jordan Schlanger, Jordan Schlanger Diamonds, Kimberley Selwood, Linda Bonovitz, Lisa Stewart, Luminesce, Alex Monroe, Missoma, Monica Vinader, Nava Zahavi, Philippa Holland, Pippa Small, Robindira Unsworth, Roshini, Saffron Lloyd, Stefan Tomas, The Hudson Collection, Vinnie Day, Yossi Harari and Yummi Glass

Each purchase is beautifully packaged in Astley Clarke’s elegant lined blue jewellery boxes making every delivery synonymous with the new wave of luxury online shopping.

Astley Clarke has even sourced hand-made printed Japanese wrapping paper for gift purchases. Need something extra to add to your outfit or want to treat yourself here and now?

Astley Clarke delivers jewellery worldwide. It also offers a same day delivery service in London and will arrange delivery direct to you at home or at your desk.

 9:55 am  Jewellery
Jun 162011
Valentin Yudaskhin

Valentin Yudaskhin

Valentin Yudashkin’s House of Fashion has existed since 1988.

In 1997 the boutique Valentin Yudashkin was opened in Moscow, in Kutuzovsky avenue, and in 1999 the jewellery and perfume series Valentin Yudashkin was launched at the Fashion House Valentin Yudashkin.

Today the Fashion House of Valentin Yudashkin is a large venture which starts new lines of business almost every year jewellery, table silver, china, male and female casual look underwear and  sun glasses.

russian haute couture

Yudashkin designs are exhibited in the Louvre Costume Museum, the California Fashion Museum and the International Olympic Museum

Jeans clothes under the trademark “Yudashkin Jeans Collection” have been made at the request of the Italian Fashion House since 1997. Collections of jeans clothes as well as pret-a-porte clothes are renewed once every six months. They normally include not only jeans classics, but also trendy jeans models for youth made of the newest technical materials. The jeans collection of Valentin Yudashkin is famous for its elaborated patterns.

russian military uniform

Mr. Yudaskin was hired by Vladimir Putin to design fashionable new Russian Army uniforms

valentin yudashkin

Russian Fashion Week Valentin Yudashkin Fall-Winter 2010-2011

Volvo Fashion Week in Moscow was opened with Valentin Yudashkin Fall-Winter 2010-2011 collection catwalk.

Yudashkin presents simple luxury collection with classic dresses, interesting cocktail dresses, some furs and military-style costumes.

 7:34 pm  Fashion
Jun 032011

Tom Ford

Tom Ford was born in Austin, Texas in 1962, but spent most of his childhood years in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tom Ford enrolled on an art history course at New York University and was also trained as an actor. It was there he discovered the seminal Studio 54 nightclub and Warhol’s Factory, where he met pop artist Andy Warhol for the first time.

Tom Ford studied interior architecture at Parsons School of Design in New York. He later moved on to finish his studies at Parsons in Paris, France. By the end of the course Ford realised that he wanted to work in fashion. As soon as his studies were completed in 1986, Ford quickly returned to New York where he began his professional training.

In 1990 after moving to Paris, Ford was hired by Gucci’s then creative director Dawn Mello (previous head of purchase with Bergdorf-Goodman) as chief women’s ready-to-wear designer. A few years passed, and in 1992, he moved up the corporate ladder of the fashion world and once again took on the role of Design Director.

Business went bad for Gucci and Tom Ford was almost fired by Maurizio Gucci in 1993, but this was counteracted by Domenico de Sole, director of Gucci America Inc.

Tom brings a hard-edged look synonymous with 21st-century glamour to his clothes. In 2000, the Gucci group added Yves Saint Laurent to their stable and, unsurprisingly, Tom’s first collection for the French label was a study in black and white. In that year, Ford was named Best International Designer at the first VH1/Vogue Awards in New York.

“I am a perfectionist,” declared Tom Ford. “This job is a total ego thing in a way. To be a designer and say, ‘This is the way people should dress, this is the way their homes should look, this is the way the world should be.’ But then, that’s the goal: world domination through style.”

He made profits soar at Gucci, which was faltering when he took over. During this year there seems to have been some disagreement between Yves St. Laurent and Tom Ford about the way YSL was proceeding. This led to the resignation of Yves St. Laurent in January 2002 from the company he had built. Gucci bought out YSL Rive Gauche and appointed Tom Ford to take up the design responsibilities of YSL Ruve Gauche ready-to-wear.

In November 2003 it was announced that Tom and chief executive Domenico De Sole would be leaving the Italy brand in 2004 “with great sadness” but Ford said he was “confident that we are leaving behind one of the strongest teams in the industry.” Then in March 2004, he presented his last collections for YSL Rive Gauche and Gucci, amid very emotional farewells. Both collections were smash hits.

Celebrity fans of Ford’s style include Madonna, Bianca Jagger and Trudie Styler (“Well, he’s perfect, isn’t he? He’s like Sting, he doesn’t do small talk. He doesn’t always give very much of himself, so you want more.”). But Ford’s ultimate sign of approval came from his mother, who was heard to demand her YSL discount card after watching his first runway show for the house.

As the first major initiative, this company has now collaborated with cosmetics giant Estée Lauder to create beauty products and fragrances. No financial figures have been revealed about the deal. We saw the beauty line and sunglasses by the end of 2005, also a woman’s fragrance ‘Amber’ and ‘Youth Dew’.

Then Ford announced a return to fashion with a signature ready-to-wear men’s line. The clothing line, which will be produced by European manufacturer Ermenegildo Zegna,cater to a high-end clientele, with a men’s suit fetching upwards of $2,000.

Starting from Madison Ave, Manhattan, there are now stores across the world.


Tom Ford sells Andy Warhol self portrait

In 2010 Ford sold his Andy Warhol self portrait for a staggering $32 million having paid just $15 million for it a few years earlier.

Meanwhile, Ford has made a seamless transition to filmmaker with A Single Man, the soulful, immaculately styled story of a grieving college professor in 1960s California.

The ultra-confident Ford never doubted his abilities — though he admits plenty of other people did.

“It’s funny, because everyone was so supportive,” Ford said. “And now that I’ve made the film, quite a few people have said to me, ‘Isn’t it nice you did that when everyone was laughing at you?'”

 4:21 am  Fashion
May 212010
Bea Valdes Designer Portrait

Bea Valdes Designer Portrait

Bea Valdes designs handbags, jewellery and accessories – all hand finished.

She grew up in Manila, Philippines.

She came from a family who had been in the fine jewelry trade for three generations. She studied Creative Writing and Industrial Design in the University of the Philippines. She pursued to further her studies in Interior design at the Inchbald School in London, where she was awarded the ”Designer’s Prize”.

In 2004, her first bag collection was launched by Firma Manila. She presented her second collection for the Asia Society, Manila in February 2005.

In spring 2005, she presented her collection to the US, where they were immediately photographed by Vogue Magazine and in the same year, her creations were dubbed by the magazine as “the must have evening bags of the year”.

Her works are now carried in Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue in the United States and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong as well as in select European jewelry stores.

Her bags are beaded by hand, which means no two are exactly alike.


Jun 202007
Betty Jackson designer MBE

Betty Jackson designer MBE

Betty Jackson was born in Bacup, Lancashire in 1949 and since then has gone on to become an internationally renowned fashion designer.

After studying for a degree in fashion and textiles at Birmingham College of Art her career went from strength to strength.

In 1975 she started work as the chief designer at the fashion collective Quorum alongside design legends Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell.

Jackson eventually branched out and launched her own collection in 1981, with her husband and business partner David Cohen. Just four years later she had been given the prestigious title of British Designer of the Year.

In 1987 her contribution to the fashion world was recognised again when she was rewarded with an MBE, (member of the British empire).

Her designs ooze feminity and over the years she has continued to produce designs which mix style with high fashion. Her clothes are renowned for being flattering and wearable. Not just made for the six foot girls that model them Betty Jackson clothes are said to ‘liberate the female form’.

In the year 2000 Jackson’s designs became even more accessible when she was selected by Marks and Spencer to design their ‘Autograph’ collection.

Each year Jackson creates two main collections which are previewed on the catwalk at London Fashion Week. Each outfit is complemented by a range of accessories.

Jackson also has two diffusion ranges ‘BJ Accessories’ and ‘BJ Knits’. These collections include knitwear line, mail order capsule collection of clothes, accessories and home wear.

Today you will find Betty Jackson clothes everywhere from designer outlets in London to as far afield as Japan.

Also in Debenhams Designer Range since 2005, under “Betty Jackson Black”

 12:09 pm  Fashion
Jun 202007
Dame Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood

The most eccentric and influential of Britain’s fashion designers who puts out on the runway the most amazing and spectacular clothes.

Her Logo is a royal ORB with a cross on top, bejewelled and impressive as befits the Queen of British fashion.

In 1941, Vivienne Swire was born in Derbyshire, England. Her father was a shoemaker and her mother a cotton weaver. When she was 16, her family moved to London and Vivienne attended the Harrow School of Art. After spending just one term there, she left to become a primary school teacher. She met her first husband Derek Westwood in 1962, they have a son Ben. In 1965, she met flamboyant, Malcolm McLaren who became her business partner.

In 1971. together with McLaren, she started up a shop called “Let it Rock” on London’s trendy Kings Road. At a time when the hippy movement was in full swing and Rock ‘n’ Roll was not even played on the radio, they sold Fifies Rock ‘n’ Roll records and memorabilia as well as stock of Fifties inspired designs. In 1974 the couple opened another boutique called “Sex” selling pornographically printed T-shirts and garments with sexual slogans printed on them.

In 1976 Punk style is born with the band the Sex Pistols who play their first gig wearing clothes from the shop at 430 Kings Road which has by now been renamed Seditonaries. The clothes represented the culmination of the ideas that had pervaded Vivienne Westwood’s work up to that time. Zips, rips, chains, bondage, porn and slogans all featured to give a look that would have a revolutionary impact on high fashion still felt to this day.

In 1981 The ‘Pirate’ collection was Vivienne Westwood’s first runway show presented at Olympia in London in March 1981. She is no longer solely interested in youth and street culture but also in tradition and technique.

She begins her technical research into historical dress with this collection, adopting and reinterpreting original cutting principles into her patterns and making them modern.

The shop at 430 King’s Road is once again redecorated and renamed World’s End, which it remains to this day. The collection includes asymmetric tee-shirts, petti-drawers, pirate shirts and breeches in rich brocades and ikat fabric.

In 1983 her collaboration with Malcolm Mclaren ends.

In 1987, Ten years on from 1977 and punk rock, Vivienne Westwood returns to the London catwalks after an absence of five years to show her ‘Harris Tweed’ collection.  This collection is inspired by the look of the Queen, Elizabeth II, in her teenage years.  She had already been the object of Westwood’s attention in 1977 when she adorned tee-shirts sporting a safety pin through her nose.

In 1989 John Fairchild, President of Fairchild Publications and Editor of the fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily, rates Vivienne Westwood in his book ‘Chic Savages’ one of the six best designers in the world, the only woman amongst them.

In 1993 Vivienne Westwood designs her own tartan for her ‘Anglomania’ collection. It is called MacAndreas after her husband, Andreas Kronthaler.

Naomi Campbell famously fell on the catwalk modelling the collection.

In 1999 Westwood’s first US flagship store opens in the SoHo district of New York.

Her first major retrospective of her work was shown in 2004-2004 at the Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the National Gallery of Australia. The exhibition is made up of around 145 complete outfits, grouped into the themes which have dominated her work from the early 1970s to the present day and were drawn from her own personal archive and the V&A’s extensive collection. They range from early Punk garments to glamorous ‘historical’ evening gowns. The retrospective is touring the world and is set to continue until 2008.

In September 2005, Westwood joined forces with the British Civial Rights group Liberty and launched exclusive limited design T-shirts and baby wear bearing the slogan I AM NOT A TERRORIST, please don’t arrest me

Westwood accepted a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) in the 2006 New Year’s Honours List “for services to fashion”, and has thrice earned the award for British Designer of the Year.

Her labels

Gold Label – her demi couture line of ready-to-wear and made to measure pieces

Red Label – her sassy tailoring, knits and shirts

Man, her menswear line.

Together they have a turnover of 20 million pounds per year. She supplies 550 stores in 30 countries which is all solely owned by Vivienne herself. Her managing director is carlo D’Amario.

Her son Joe Corre operates her World’s End Shop, and has turned it into a lucrative label. He assists her with all the chores she has to manage to keep her empire operating. He also owns the lingerie label Agent Provocateur.

Vivienne Westwood is fashion’s chief architect of revolt. She was once queen of punk and is no stranger to the forms of sabotage that can pave the way for the next upheaval in style or taste.

Her clothes are revolutionary and controversial. Her designs include intentionally twisted seams, intentionally badly cut clothes, designs intended to shock, deliberate contradictions of colour. She ignores conventional fashion directions and goes her own way.

She is queen of the original: bustiers, mens kilts, cone-shaped bras as day wear; classical paintings on underwear; the mini crinoline, fake fur trains, woolly royal crowns and so on.

 11:27 am  Fashion
Aug 312006
Zandra Rhodes Fashon Designer

Zandra Rhodes Fashion Designer

Zandra Rhodes CBE RDI, was born in Chatham, Kent, UK in 1940 and introduced to the world of fashion by her mother.

Her major area of study was printed textile design achieving her a National Diploma in 1960.

Her early textile fashion designs were considered too outrageous by the traditional British manufacturers, so in 1969, she established her own retail outlet in the fashionable Fulham Road in West London.

Zandra’s own lifestyle has proved to be as dramatic, glamorous and extroverted as her designs. With her bright green hair (later changed to a spectacular pink and sometimes a radiant red), theatrical makeup and art jewelry, she has stamped her identity on the international world of fashion.

Rhodes was one of the new wave of British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. Her designs are considered clear, creative statements, dramatic but graceful, bold but feminine. Rhodes’ inspiration has been from organic material and nature.

The classic garments of Zandra Rhodes from the late 60s and 70s are rapidly becoming some of the hottest collectibles on the US, Australia and UK scene.

Rhodes designed for Princess Dianna, Jackie Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Freddie Mercury. She continues to design for royalty and celebrities.

She has had many academic and professional honours bestowed upon her and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1997.

Rhodes was commissioned by the San Diego Opera to design the costumes for her first opera in 2001.  She has also designed for the Houston Grand Opera and the English National Opera.

Zandra Rhodes creations are sold in various shops across the world.

 11:54 am  Fashion
Aug 292006

Katharine Hamnett Slogan T-Shirt

Katherine Hamnett is a British eighties fashion icon, best known for her political slogan T-shirts.

She has re-launched her slogan cotton organic t-shirts with a re-issue of the Choose Life brand. She is also well known as an active campaigner on environmental and social issues.

She also invented distressed denim, stonewash denim, stretch denim, parachute silk, garment dyeing, the crumpled look, military inspired sportswear, power dressing, leggings, lycra, jump suits, retro revivals and ethical and environmental clothing.
Katharine Hamnett Portrait

Katharine Hamnett Portrait

In 1989 Hamnett discovered that the  fashion industry was responsible for a living environmental nightmare. Millions of people in the garment sector were working in conditions of slavery.

She found that pesticide poisoning in cotton-growing regions, and sweatshop labour was a major part of the textile industry.

Hamnett began lobbying for major changes in the way the industry operated.

In 2003 Hamnett realised that Organic Cotton was the way forward.

Hamnett re-launched Katharine E Hamnett menswear and womenswear including re-issued eighties fashion slogan t-shirts made with organic cotton to the highest ethical and environmental standards in the world.

Available from their website and selected retailers worldwide.

She has also signed a deal to do ethical and environmental clothing with Tesco.

 4:39 pm  Fashion
Aug 292006
Carven Collection Women 2011

Carven Collection Women 2011

“Couture brought me happiness, they were the best years of my life,” Madame Carven recalls with a smile at a celebration to mark her approaching 100th birthday in 2009. A diminutive 1.55m (five foot one) in her stockinged feet, for half a century she was the favourite designer of petite women.

Madame Carven French Couture Designer

Madame Carven French Couture Designer

In recognition of her contribution to fashion and imminent birthday on Aug 31, the French Federation of Couture threw a party for her in the gardens of the Musee Galliera at the end of the haute couture shows for next winter.

In 1945 Madame Carven opened her fashion house at n¡6, Rond Point des Champs Elysees in Paris.

The address of this the head office has never changed.

Carven have much to be proud of and has built an excellent reputation over the years dressing queens, princesses and empresses not to mention the post-war stars of the screen.

The 1950’s saw the development of Carven men with the first fashion collection of mens silk neckties and the launch of “Vetiver” perfume, still their most popular fragrance for men. This was a logical support to “Ma Griffe” a female fragrance launched in the 1940’s.

Carven style was adapted for the growing airline industry of the 1960’s as the Carven Uniforms division was established and catered for numerous airlines. At this stage of its evolution Carven was able to focus on the growing market for accessories with the creation of Carven Costume jewellery.

As the 1970s progressed Carven cemented its national position and pushed its boundaries internationally. Japan in particular in the early 1970’s was a strong market for Carven, with Japanese women the cut and comfort of the Carven style very much to their taste. This decade saw the launch of Carven accessories and luggage in Japan . Following the success of Carven in the 1960’s Air France asked Carven to create their uniforms. To this day, Air France personnel are still dressed by Carven, as do some French Rail Staff.

Carven in the 1980s developed licences for ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women throughout the globe. Carven diversified bringing out a line of golfwear for men and women as the sport gained popularity in France.

In 1991 Carven’s Ready-to-Wear for Women, a stylish, high quality range of fashionable clothing at accessible prices was launched.At this time a restructuring of the company took place with each division coming under one central management for the first time in years. Carven possessing a culture of diversification has now has Carven’s luxury goods for the home, which includes porcelain, carpets and furniture, as well as a drinks line that includes Carven Champagne , Carven Cognac and Liqueur au Cognac . That year also, “Vetiver” repackaged and celebrating its 40th birthday. Carven Menswear opened a boutique at the Rond Point the same year and a pure gold and silver jewellery collection is launched.

The 1990s saw Carven infiltrate the Asian markets with licence agreement in China , Taiwan and Vietnam . As the 1990’s drew to a close a revival of Carven’s Haute Couture activity was well underway,as new Artistic Director, Mr Edward Achour oversaw the development of a new line of women’s ready-to-wear.

 12:47 pm  Fashion
Aug 292006
Anya Hindmarch HandBag Designer

Anya Hindmarch HandBag Designer

Anya Hindmarch MBE has come a long way from her first store on London’s Walton Street.

The Anya Hindmarch label now incorporates leather handbags, small leather goods, luggage, shoes and clothes. She was born in 1968.
In 2001, Anya launched the charity promotion ‘Be a Bag’, which allows customers to have their own photographs printed onto a bag.

The first Christmas season these bags were put on sale in Harrods of London – they were a complete sell out. Orders had to be turned away because the product was so popular.

Be A Bag continues to be a huge success and continues to raise money for charities across the world.

Everything that Anya designs is crafted with great attention to detail. After countless requests and an apprenticeship with the great shoe makers in Venice, Anya launched her shoe collection in 2002.

The Bespoke Ebury was launched to celebrate Anya Hindmarch’s tenth anniversary following visits to the Italian tanneries where leather is hand rolled in the time honoured fashion.

Most recently Anya has launched her beach collection comprising beautiful hand embroidered kaftans, sexy bikinis and cute baskets for mothers and daughters.

 12:20 pm  Fashion